Sung Hyun Park opens account in US Women's Open

Sung Hyun Park opens account in US Women's Open

At 11-under 277, Park defeated South Korean amateur Choi Hye-jin by two strokes to claim her first major title. Everyone is chasing China's Feng Shanshan, who posted a one-under 71 for a 54-hole total of nine-under 207 in her bid for a wire-to-wire victory. She hit her second shot at the par-4 17th about six feet from the cup and made birdie to take a two-shot lead at 11-under.

Park Sung-Hyun was fourth on 210 with world number one Ryu So-Yeon, Lee Mi-Rim and Lee Jeong-Eun6 all on 211.

"Yes, quite a few Korean players on the top leaderboard", said Park, who said the course is similar to some in South Korea. Yang curled in a long birdie putt at 17 to book her spot in the final pairing Sunday. I just wanted to bring out my A game. With a powerfully fluid swing, she is fifth on tour in driving distance, slamming it out there more than 274 yards a pop. She's the only woman to be the Rolex Player of the Year and Rolex Rookie of the Year in the same season and that was way back in 1978.

She would easily be the youngest U.S. Women's Open victor ever, topping champion Inbee Park, who was 19 years 11 months and 17 days old when she won in 2008. Langer led by one when he hit a tee shot in the water on No. 17, missed a 4-foot putt and ended up with double bogey. She is the eighth South Korean victor of the U.S. Women's Open. She trailed Feng by one at 8 under at the start of Sunday, and then Choi slowly pulled ahead and carried a two-stroke lead onto the back nine.

Yang, who had three birdies on the back nine for a 33, and Choi, an amateur teenager, both finished with a 70.

A year ago, at CordeValle, Park had the 36-hole lead but closed with a pair of 74s to finish two strokes out of the playoff between Brittany Lang and Anna Nordqvist.

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Feng, the oldest member in a three-way duel at 27 and by far the most successful with seven LPGA titles, a major championship at the 2012 KPMG Women's PGA and an Olympic bronze medal, simply did not make enough birdie putts. She was also trying to break Lydia Ko's record as the youngest LPGA major victor.

At the end of the four days, which were filled with rumors of President Donald Trump's arrival, reactions to his presence, buckets of rain and pockets of mouth-drying humidity, there was Sung Hyun Park standing just below the green at the 18th hole.

"I came a long way from Korea and I had the United States president and his wife cheering for me and clapping for me", Choi said through an interpreter.

Park showed her championship mettle at the 72nd hole.

"Of course, I did have many winnings in other tournaments, but winning here at U.S. Open means so much more and for that I am extremely grateful and happy". "I think a lot of them, if not all, have strong capability to play really well". Park played the weekend in 67-67 after an opening-round 73. "I'll keep trying. I'm going to do the same things and see what happens", she said. She said the 7-iron wasn't the right club.

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